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Kaiser Permanente Continues Employment Guarantees, Loan Forgiveness for Mount Nurses

April 29, 2009 -- Kaiser Permanente has selected 11 nursing students at Mount Saint Mary’s University as recipients of the 2009 Loan Forgiveness Scholarship Award in a move to hire more highly-educated nurses to keep pace with growing healthcare demands.

An estimated 43,000 registered nurses will be needed by 2010 to meet the needs of California's increasing population. Kaiser Permanente partnered with the Mount in an effort to ease California's severe nursing shortage by placing qualified, registered nurses into the workforce. The College is honoring Kaiser Permanente as well as recipients of the $25,000 awards at a reception from 2:30 to 4 p.m. April 30 on the College's Doheny Campus near downtown Los Angeles.

This May, seven graduating with a bachelor of science in nursing students will pursue employment at a Southern California Kaiser Permanente hospital. An additional four graduating students in the College's one-year Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program also will work for Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente's loan forgiveness program guarantees that students who graduate and commit to two years of employment in a hospital facility will not have to pay back their loans. "Kaiser Permanente's continued support demonstrates its belief that Mount Saint Mary’s University educates highly-skilled nurses," says Mount President Jacqueline Powers Doud. "The great variety and quality of nursing programs at Mount St. Mary's allows us to effectively address the nursing shortage in Los Angeles."

"Kaiser Permanente believes in the excellent work and education being provided at Mount Saint Mary’s University, and our forgiveness loan program underscores the importance of providing financial assistance to these future nurses," says Judy Husted, executive director of the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Patient Care Services. "We look forward to these nursing students becoming a part of an outstanding patient care team that will provide excellent care and quality to our members."

Scholarship recipients and their hometowns are listed below:

• Arthur Llanes, Panorama City
• Diana Fabro, Moreno Valley
• Stephanie Goulet, Newbury Park
• Faith Okeze, Torrance
• Catherine Oluoha, Highland
• Jonathan Rosenberg, West Hills
• Fidelis Smith, Canyon Country
• Michelle Tarronas, La Puente
• Lauren Torres, West Covina
• Faith Trinidad, North Hills
• Ashley Zamudio, Palmdale




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